Advent Calendar

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English USA
How do you say advent calendar in Spanish? You know the typical calendar for kids at Christmas that counts down the days to Christmans. Calendario de Adviento??
 
  • Rivendell

    Senior Member
    Spanish / Spain
    Alexa's translation is right. However, I'd like to point out that Advent Calendars are not very typical in Spain. In fact, I'm certain a lot of people have never heard of such a thing, and I know them as a tradition in other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, etc...
     

    tablecloth

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    I am not sure, but I think English Advent Calendars are more similar to our ancient Almanaques. They tell a story, a riddle things like that ,, instead of containing chocolates like ourrs. Could you please confirm it?
    Saludos
     

    Miguel Antonio

    Senior Member
    Galego (Rías Baixas)
    I am not sure, but I think English Advent Calendars are more similar to our ancient Almanaques. They tell a story, a riddle things like that ,, instead of containing chocolates like ourrs. Could you please confirm it?
    Saludos
    I don't think so. An Advent calendar is an countdown to Christmas that starts about a month before. Spanish almanaques were yearly calendars containing extra information such as the phases of the moon, the appropriate dates for sowing and harvesting, other tips and stories to fill up the pages, and even weather forecasts for the whole year :)

    Saludos

    MA
     

    tablecloth

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    So, what is an Advent Calendar, please? I can't imagine a calendar with only 25 pages and nothing else, I don't think anyone would buy that ;)
    Thank you.
     

    Miguel Antonio

    Senior Member
    Galego (Rías Baixas)
    So, what is an Advent Calendar, please? I can't imagine a calendar with only 25 pages and nothing else, I don't think anyone would buy that ;)
    Thank you.
    Who said pages? Alexa is right, it's chocolates. It consists of a cardboard structure containing little cells that have chocolate ore other treats inside. They are designed for children who are supposedly allowed to eat one sweet a day by tearing open the cardboard or plastic or whatever keeps the cell shut. It is both a way of teaching them self-restraint and a way to build up anticipation for the holiday season. I'm sure that if you google it you'll find better explanations. :)
     
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